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Lessons in adapting to climate change from one of the world’s oldest crops

Lessons in adapting to climate change from one of the world’s oldest crops

Image showing a barley stem in a barley field
“Understanding the patterns genetic variation recorded in the genomes of crop plants promises to reveal how the process of mutation and natural selection has allowed plants to become successful in their own specific environmental niche

How did barley, a plant native to the Middle East and South-Western Asia, become able to be grown on land from just below the Arctic Circle to the equatorial highlands and southerly latitudes? The answer lies in the combined forces of evolution and natural selection, according to recent research published in the influential journal Nature Genetics.

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute